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Participation and Negotiation (ABPL90009)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2017
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeABPL90009
Availability(Quotas apply)
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

All practitioners who work in local environments (built, natural, social) need at some point to be aware of the strategies and techniques that can be employed to elicit constructive involvement from the public, and to negotiate changes to environments where we live, play, and work. This subject will impart to students the skills involved in encouraging and managing participation. These skills include:

  • Community consultation, research and participation
  • Negotiation, mediation, consensus-building in complex situations with deep value differences
  • Evaluation of community participation processes.

There will be considerable reliance on hands-on exercises based on case studies from around the world. The subject aims to be relevant to urban and social planners, landscape architects, urban designers, architects, property professionals, community developers and environmental activists.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject, students should have:

  • Knowledge of community and built environment change processes
  • Techniques and skills involved in encouraging and managing participation and consensus-building in the planning and design of changes to our natural, working, and living environments
  • Ability to analyse their past and current experiences in built environment processes in light of heightened knowledge and understanding
  • Ability to write and discuss clearly and persuasively on topics related to the process of change in the built environment.

Generic skills

  • The ability to engage in interdisciplinary work
  • Identification of emergent trends in practice
  • Critical evaluation of policies and practices
  • Understanding of ethical responses to issues

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


Additional details

  • Three mini-essays relating to class discussion with readings (250 words and 5% each), due in class the day after the appropriate lecture/discussion (during intensive )15% in total;
  • Four in-class group exercises (5% each, 5 minute group presentations), 1000 words, due during intensive 20% in total;
  • Group presentation (10 minutes), 750 words, 15%, during final teaching day of intensive;
  • Final essay, 2500 words, 50%, due 2 months after class ends.

Quotas apply to this subject

Dates & times

  • July
    Principal coordinatorsAndrea Cook and Carolyn Whitzman
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hoursup to 40 hours
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period17 July 2017 to 21 July 2017
    Last self-enrol date10 July 2017
    Census date 4 August 2017
    Last date to withdraw without fail 8 September 2017
    Assessment period ends 2 October 2017
  • December
    Principal coordinatorsCarolyn Whitzman and Andrea Cook
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period 4 December 2017 to 8 December 2017
    Last self-enrol date27 November 2017
    Census date17 December 2017
    Last date to withdraw without fail19 January 2018
    Assessment period ends 8 February 2018

Time commitment details

170 Hours

Additional delivery details

Quota 50

Selection criteria: Students will be selected into the subject as they self-enrol during the timely re-enrolment period. Any students enrolling after the quota has been reached will be withdrawn from the subject and advised of the alternative subjects available.

For detailed information on the quota subject application process and due dates, refer to the EDSC Quota Subjects webpage: http://edsc.unimelb.edu.au/quota-subjects

Further information

Last updated: 23 January 2019